From Library Journal
Given current concerns about the safe disposal of by-products from nuclear weapons and power plants, this is a highly relevant historical work. Gerber reminds us that some communities have already confronted this issue by telling the story of the Hanford Nuclear Site, a facility in Washington state for manufacturing radioactive raw materials that was begun at the time of the Manhattan Project. Although aware of the potential dangers, those involved in developing the facility placed short-term needs ahead of long-term health and environmental issues. In addition, the promise of economic development led many nearby residents to avoid asking questions about their future well-being. Postwar pressure to deliver products necessary for the massive build-up of weapons during the Cold War, combined with an inadequate understanding of the consequences of the activities at Hanford, led to an irreversibly hazardous situation by the 1980s. Though a bit wooden in style, Gerber's treatment is both scientific and humane. Well worth reading.- Charles K. Piehl, Mankato State Univ., Minn.
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Praise for the first edition: "On the Home Front should be read by everyone who cares about public policy and the environmental issues that dominate this post-modern world."--Western Historical Quarterly. "[Gerber's] skill in reconstructing the story of Hanford's environmental ravages has given us a book that can both alarm and instruct."--Journal of American History. "[Declassified documents] reveal a five-decade pattern of environmental insult that is breathtaking in its scope and pervasiveness... The story [Gerber] tells grips us: the sticky web of strategic choices involving Hanford and its purposes has ensnared every inhabitant ... of the Pacific Northwest for more than half a century."--Oregon Historical Quarterly